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July 05, 2011

Chevy, GMC Trucks Recalled

$22 Million Award Vacated Due to Arbitrator's Failure to Disclose Contact

Alleged Defect Spurs GM Class-Action Lawsuit

Amtrak Blamed in Latest Suit Over Deadly NV Crash

Suit: NY Girl Dragged off Bus and Left at Wrong School

Bayer to Pay $750 Million in Genetic Rice Lawsuit

Judge: Suit Against JPMorgan to Go Forward

WaMu Settles Class-Action Investor Lawsuit

New FAA Rules to Combat Controller Fatigue

 

 

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Click on the headline for more scheduled air dates. "Hot Coffee" explores how corporate interests manipulated the debate to turn public opinion against corporate accountability. The film premieres on HBO on Monday, June 27th at 8PM CT.  

 

Products

 

Chevy, GMC Trucks Recalled

General Motors has issued a recall of 6,800 2011 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks due to "inaccurate shift-lever readings." According to the company, the transmission selector in the trucks may appear to be in park, but the vehicle could still roll away. The company said it is not clear if any accidents have been associated with the problem.  Christopher Jensen, The New York Times  07/01/2011

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Laws/Cases

 

$22 Million Award Vacated Due to Arbitrator's Failure to Disclose Contact

Dallas' 5th Court of Appeals has vacated and remanded a $22 million arbitration award after finding the arbitrator failed to disclose that a lawyer representing a party in the dispute had given him a ticket to an NBA basketball game, a wine basket and paid for expensive meals, among other things. The June 28 opinion in Robert C. Karlseng, et al. v. H. Jonathan Cooke focuses on a number of social contacts between JAMS arbitrator Robert Faulkner, a former U.S. magistrate judge, and Brett Johnson, a partner in the Dallas office of Fish & Richardson — contacts Faulkner did not disclose after Johnson appeared in front of him in an arbitration case on behalf of a client.  John Council, Texas Lawyer  06/30/2011

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Alleged Defect Spurs GM Class-Action Lawsuit

A class-action suit has been filed against General Motors Co., complaining that GM fixed rear-end problems on police versions of 2007-08 Impalas, but not those owned by some 400,000 other drivers. The problem, according to the lawsuit filed in federal court in Detroit, causes owners to burn through rear tires. The suit was brought on behalf of a Pennsylvania woman and wants GM to replace potentially faulty rear suspension rods. The Detroit-based automaker sold 423,000 Impalas over the two-year period.  DAVID SHEPARDSON, Detroit News  07/05/2011

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Amtrak Blamed in Latest Suit Over Deadly NV Crash

An Amtrak attendant trying to lead passengers from a burning train hit by a truck in the Nevada desert says in a new lawsuit that survivors had to double back past dead bodies in a smoky car and jump out a window because their initial escape route was blocked by a locked baggage car door. Just moments before the June 24 crash that left six dead, Lana Dickerson had been working alongside a co-worker who was killed when she was thrust into the "carnage" with a number of passengers whom she "personally attended to both before and after the disaster," one of her lawyers said Monday.  SCOTT SONNER Associated Press, San Jose Mercury News  07/05/2011

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Suit: NY Girl Dragged off Bus and Left at Wrong School

A New York mother has filed a lawsuit against the state's Department of Education and a matron on a local school bus who allegedly forced a young girl off the bus at a stop that wasn't hers. The suit claims the girl was "dragged off a special-education bus in the Bronx by an angry matron and left sobbing in the lobby of the wrong school." The lawsuit also names the bus company as a defendant, saying it has a history of child-safety infractions.  Kevin Deutsch , New York Daily News  07/05/2011

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Bayer to Pay $750 Million in Genetic Rice Lawsuit

Bayer CropScience has agreed to pay $750 million to farmers in five Midwestern states in a lawsuit over contaminated rice. The lawsuit claims that when LibertyLink genetically modified rice was discovered in the 2006 rice crop, it had not yet been approved for human consumption. As a result, foreign countries banned the importing of American rice, and rice futures plummeted. Under terms of the settlement, "farmers who planted at least 85 percent of the roughly 2.2 million acres of rice during [2006-2010] must sign up or Bayer can walk away from the deal."  Robert Patrick, St. Louis Post Dispatch  07/02/2011

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Judge: Suit Against JPMorgan to Go Forward

A U.S. District Judge has declined to dismiss a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase & Co. that accused the company of "reducing or suspending home-equity lines of credit without a permissible reason." The judge, however, did dismiss fraud and "unjust enrichment" claims against the bank. The lawsuit, filed by a group of homeowners, claimed the company reduced the amount of money they could borrow against their homes.  Jochelle Mendonca and Abhishek Takle, Reuters  07/05/2011

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WaMu Settles Class-Action Investor Lawsuit

Washington Mutual Inc. has agreed to a $208.5 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit filed by its investors. The lawsuit, a consolidation of more than 20 cases, claimed the company "secretly lowered lending standards, artificially inflated home-price appraisals and failed to disclose its deteriorating financial condition when the loans began to fail." The lead plaintiff in the case was the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board.  Edvard Pettersson, Bloomberg  07/01/2011

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Issues

 

New FAA Rules to Combat Controller Fatigue

The FAA announced new steps to help prevent air traffic controllers from falling asleep on the job, including allowing controllers to use sick or annual leave time if they are too tired to work. Controllers will also now be allowed to listen to the radio and read to help stay alert during overnight shifts when traffic is light, under an agreement between the FAA and the National Air Traffic Controllers Assn. However, the policy changes don't allow controllers to take naps while on break or to schedule naps during overnight shifts even though sleep scientists say that's the most effective way to refresh tired workers.  Associated Press, LA Times  07/05/2011

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